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What is the current air quality index in Boise?

Smoke from Western wildfires thickens the skies above Boise Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Smoke from Western wildfires thickens the skies above Boise Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

The skies over Boise were cloudy but appeared smoke-free on the morning of Monday, Aug. 27.

Here’s IDEQ’s forecast for Monday:

Air pollution in the Treasure Valley area and southwest Idaho has seen significant improvement due to the current low pressure system moving through the area. Due to the level of clearing the area has experienced, DEQ has updated the AQI forecast to reflect a more accurate representation of air quality conditions. Wildfire smoke is still expected to impact the area even during this improvement in conditions. These improvements are expected to continue in the short term with the potential of wildfire smoke impacts returning to the area early this week. Air quality is expected to remain in the YELLOW/MODERATE category.”

Find out what real-time air quality monitors are showing right now. On Monday morning, all four air quality monitors in the Treasure Valley were showing green, or healthy.

Click here to find out what the Idaho Smoke Information blog says about wildfire smoke impacts around the state.

Worried about the smoke impacting your health? Here are some tips from a Boise pulmonologist on how to protect yourself and family.

Hundreds of wildfires area burning in the West. Get details on those fires from the Boise-based National Interagency Wildfire Center’s inciweb and Idaho Fire Info.

Dr. Kate Sutherland, a pulmonologist at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group in Boise, explains the first four air quality indexes and precautions people should take when smoke and particulates loom in the air.